There has been plenty of discussions around maximum levels of vitamins and minerals allowed in food supplements in Europe. The Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements envisages the setting of maximum and minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals in supplements however the Commission has not yet taken any action. Hence, national bodies have taken matters into their own hands and now several EU countries have set their own maximum levels for vitamins and minerals allowed in food supplements. This time was The Netherlands.
At the end of August, The Netherlands published its final text introducing new maximum levels of vitamin B6 in food supplements. The maximum daily dose of vitamin B6 in food supplements in The Netherlands is 21 mg for adults. For children, different maximum daily doses were set-up depending on the age group. As an example, a maximum daily dose of 3 mg of vitamin B6 is allowed in food supplements for children aged 1 to 3 years of age, while products containing more than 7 mg of vitamin B6 per daily dose are only suitable for children under 17 years of age. This new regulation will enter into force on October 1st, 2018. For existing products, it is foreseen that they can remain on the market until the stocks are sold out.
The maximum daily doses of vitamins A (1200 μg; in the form of retinol) and D (75 μg) for food supplements were maintained.
Earlier this year was Germany who came with new recommendations on maximum levels of vitamins and minerals. If you would like to read more about it click here.